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Source: City of Southampton

We’re encouraging smokers to join the annual Stoptober campaign and stop smoking in October.

You’re not alone when you try to quit smoking this Stoptober and will be joining a million people in the UK who quit during the coronavirus lockdown. Quitting smoking is the best thing you can do for your health, your wallet and the health of those around you. Sadly, 1 in 2 smokers die from illnesses caused by smoking. COVID-19 and flu are both much worse for smokers.

Cllr Lorna Fielker, Cabinet Member for Health and Adult Care, Southampton City Council, said: “We’re pleased to join our local health partners to support Stoptober. I’d like to encourage all Southampton smokers that now, more than ever, is the time to put your lungs first. Quit smoking and breathe easier by joining the nation’s biggest quit attempt from 1 October. Once you’ve made it to 28 days smoke-free, you’re five times more likely to quit for good.”

Dr Zoe Pond, Respiratory Physician at University Hospitals Southampton and Clinical Lead for Smoking Cessation, said: “The benefits of stopping smoking begin immediately and increase with time including reducing the risk of heart attacks, strokes, cancer and breathing problems. The best way to quit is with a combination of medication and support available through the NHS.”

Search ‘Stoptober’ online to find a range of free quitting support including the Stoptober app, online communities and advice. You can call the national helpline on 0300 123 1044. Visit Better Health Stoptober.

Visit our Stop Smoking page for a list of local pharmacies where you can receive free, friendly support that can massively boost your chances of quitting for good. You’re three times more likely to quit with support and nicotine replacement therapy (NRT). We advise you call your preferred pharmacy as they might support people differently during this time.

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